Inspections are a key function of property management. Not only do they provide the opportunity to regularly assess property condition and identify the need for maintenance, but they also protect you against serious and costly problems down the road. As with any business process, however, there is a right way and wrong way to carry out inspections. To optimize this process and keep your residents happy, we recommend using the following guideline.
Automation is sometimes a scary word, often associated with robots and dystopian future. There’s a common fear that automation and robots will take over jobs and displace people which is actually not what technology is on track to do. Less than 10% of jobs can actually be fully automated, however automation can be a great help to office workers when leveraged by companies to help improve their staff performance and overall reputation.
As your property management grows in terms of portfolio size, staff, or revenue, it is increasingly important to have the right protocols in place, especially within the accounting department to ensure that every transaction, task, and process is done consistently and securely. Organizations with data monitoring controls in place had 54% less loss than other organizations and more than 50% faster detection time. Internal controls and compliance protocols regulate workplace transactions and avoid internal errors by minimizing the risk of fraud by maintaining data integrity as well as user accountability.
The property management industry is unsurprisingly a competitive across North America. More and more companies are popping up and crossing industry verticals, serving mixed portfolios therefore giving existing businesses a run for their market share. According to Statista, the property management industry dipped from reached $75.82 billion USD in 2019. With a low barrier to entry and high opportunity it’s no surprise the amount of new businesses entering the industry. Currently there are hundreds of thousands of active property management companies across North America.
Having vacancies for too long can be bad for business, they can reduce cashflow, customer satisfaction, and employee morale. No matter how well you advertise or how well you maintain your customer relationships there will be turnover and vacancies. While it’s less than ideal, it’s not an impossible situation, here are 5 strategies to reduce the time units spend vacant.
Mobile CRM (customer relationship management) technology is a platform that enables frontline staff to conveniently access CRM software and functionality from any internet-enabled mobile device from smartphones to tablets. The CRM market has experienced unprecedent growth globally, by 2023 Satista projects the CRM software market to grow $40.26 billion USD. Mobile CRM allows remote workers to interact with customer and prospect data to execute from marketing and sales to customer support.
Cloud-based servers allow organizations to access their network and data on the internet instead of having to manage large and unsightly physical servers. The cloud facilitates access to important data therefore improving user-friendly capabilities and enhanced productivity. Approximately 90% of companies currently use some form of cloud services, there are 3 main levels which an organization can adopt cloud services that increase based on sophistication of the platform.
There has been an unprecedented growth of cloud-based software and SaaS platforms, Gartner estimated that cloud services would grow 17.5% in 2019 and continue to grow exponentially by 28% in 2022. The monumental movement to cloud-based software may have some property management companies weighing out whether or not there is enough reason to transition from self-hosted physical servers to a cloud-based SaaS platform.
A strategic approach to successful customer service is an essential factor for success. According to Gartner approximately two-thirds of companies compete primarily on the basis of customer service. Walker studies suggests that, as of 2020 customers will regard customer service as the most important differentiator when choosing which company in which they will do business. Omnichannel strategies can help businesses meet rising customer service expectations, research from Google found that 98% of Americans switch between devices in just one day, an omnichannel approach tailors customer service conveniently to that device and internet centric lifestyle.
No matter how devoted property managers are to their customer base, it’s inevitable that sometimes customers may end up disappointed, after all we’re all just human. So, what happens when one of your customers have voiced that they are unhappy with your service or had negative customer service experience? What is the best way to handle a complaint?